Did Brutus kill his beloved friend, Julius Caesar, in cold blood? Or was it justifiable homicide? These questions remain unanswered in the minds of many. However, upon further investigation, it is clear that there was no just cause for the murder of Julius Caesar. Is there ever really justification for murder, let alone the assassination of a brave, fearless, and selfless leader? What kind of person could murder a dear friend, regardless of said friend’s flaws? Even though there were others involved, Brutus was the key element in the assassination of Julius Caesar; he is guilty of premeditated, first-degree murder!
There are a copious number of ways to prove that Brutus is guilty of premeditated murder. However, there are three blatant signs that have become tremendously hard to ignore. The reasons the conspirators gave to justify the murder rang untrue. Brutus was Julius’s purported friend, but he killed him in cold blood. Being in on the conspiracy, Brutus could have warned Caesar of the impending attempt on his life.
Brutus and his fellow conspirators assassinated Julius Caesar; they then tried to justify their crime to the Roman public. Brutus explained away his crime by saying, “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.” (Page 1145, Line 20) The conspirators attempted to convince the citizens of Rome that Caesar was far too ambitious and selfish for his own good. However, an ambitious man would not have denied the crown of Rome three times. (Page 1107, Lines 220-230) Instead they all had their own selfish reasons for Julius Caesar’s assassination. For example Metellus Cimber wished for his brother, Publius, to be brought out of exile. (Page 1137, Lines 56-58) Julius Caesar’s assassination was completely unethical and unjustifiable.
What kind of a person could murder their alleged best friend? Julius Caesar loved and trusted Brutus. “Et tu, Brute?—Then fall Caesar!” (Page 1137, Line 79), this quote shows the emotional agony Caesar was in after discovering Brutus as part of the conspiracy. The fact that Brutus...